Turkish forces ‘neutralize’ 14 terrorists in N. Iraq

Turkish forces 'neutralize' 14 terrorists in N. Iraq11/11/2018 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): Turkish forces “neutralized” 14 PKK terrorists in Saturday’s airstrikes held in Avasin region of northern Iraq, said the army on social media on Sunday. Turkish Armed Forces said in a Twitter post that Turkish fighter jets ‘neutralized’ 14 PKK terrorists on Saturday in the airstrikes held in Avasin region. Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. The terror group’s weapon emplacements, shelters and ammo depots were also destroyed in the airstrikes, the military said. In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children…



A disastrous scenario stares Tehran in the face

11/11/2018 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Nadim Koteich*): The 4th of November will be remembered as a glorious day of confrontation with the Iranian regime. The re-imposition of US sanctions is the last thing Tehran would have wanted to face at the moment when it is going through its largest “revolutionary” expansion in the region and one of the most critical of its domestic situations since 1979. Iran’s problem with US President Donald Trump issues from the clarity of the man. He had stated in his presidential campaign that the nuclear agreement is the worst deal in history, and that he would revoke it if he won the presidency. He has done exactly as he had promised. Trump is also honest when he says he wants good relations with Iran. His only demand is actually quite simple: Iran should stop being the way Iran is. Trump does not know how to use Kissinger’s equations like the phrase “it is necessary for Iran to transform from being a revolution into becoming a state.”…


*Nadim Koteich is a leading Arab satirist.

Tripoli residents have mixed expectations for Palermo meeting on Libya crisis

11/11/2018 (Al Arabiya News – UAE): Tripoli residents have expressed mixed expectations regarding an international conference on the Libyan crisis set to be hosted by the Italian government this week. Political analyst, Sami El-Atrash, said he did not expect a new way forward for Libya would emerge after the meeting, which he described as a political rather than a practical exercise. The conference, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in the Italian city of Palermo, is aimed at bringing together all parties involved in the Libyan conflict in order to reach a political solution to a crisis that has plagued the country for years. Rome announced that regional and international players linked to Libya would be represented, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria, as well as the US, France and the European Union…



Seven new tomb discoveries in Saqqara: Egypt’s minister of Antiquities

Egypt10/11/2018 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced on Saturday a new discovery made by an Egyptian archaeological mission during excavation work carried out since April at the area located on the stony edge of King Userkaf pyramid complex in the Saqqara Necropolis. Cairo governor Ahmed Rashid attended the announcement, along with members of parliament and 30 ambassadors from all over the globe to highlight the role that antiquities play in promoting the country and its unique heritage. El-Enany explained that the mission uncovered three plain New Kingdom tombs that had been used during the Late Period as a cat necropolis, along with four other Old Kingdom tombs, the most important of which belongs to Khufu-Imhat, the overseer of the buildings in the royal palace.



With new evidence, Turkey expects US to extradite FETÖ leader

A demonstrator walks on a poster of Fetullah Gülen during an anti-coup rally in Istanbul on July 18, 2016. Gülen's terrorist group is accused of carrying out the coup attempt.21/07/2018 (Sabah – Turkey): Clinging to Obama-era inaction on the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), the U.S. administration drags on the extradition process for the terrorist group’s leader wanted by Turkey. Ankara, meanwhile, hopes Washington will change its mind with more evidence clearly linking Fetullah Gülen to the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. FETÖ’s infiltrators in the military, from generals to low-ranking officers, were behind the attempt that killed 250 people, and Turkey has already sent a large cache of evidence to U.S. officials implicating FETÖ in the attempt. The new evidence spoken about by Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül on Friday was not disclosed, but it is likely a critical phone call between a coup suspect and one of Gülen’s aides in Pennsylvania in the United States on the night of the coup attempt that was leaked to the media earlier…



Archaeologists discover 4000-year-old pottery workshop in Egypt

21/07/2018 (Egypt Indipendent – Egypt): Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating to more than 4,000 years ago in the southern province of Aswan, the Antiquities Ministry said Thursday. The workshop, the oldest pottery workshop in the Old Kingdom, belongs to the 4th Dynasty, spanning 2,613 to 2,494 B.C., the ministry said in a statement. The Old Kingdom is also known as the age when pyramid-building flourished. Inside the workshop, archaeologists found an ancient pottery manufacturing wheel made of a limestone turntable and a hollow base. Mostafa al-Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the discovery is “rare” and reveals more about the development of pottery manufacturing and the daily lives of ancient Egyptians during that time in history…




First state-owned Chinese financial firm sets up in Abu Dhabi

21/07/2018 (ArabianBusiness – UAE): Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has announced the establishment of the first Chinese state-owned financial services firm to provide investment and financial support to Chinese enterprises as part of the Belt-and-Road initiative. The state-owned financial services firm, known as the Industrial Capacity Cooperation Financial Group Limited (ICCFG), is the first such Chinese company to be approved by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM, to provide and arrange credit via the ADGM platform. The firm, which is expected to be up and running by the end of 2018, is set to manage about $2 billion of investment. It also intends to scale up its services and presence in other Belt and Road-related industrial capacity zones in the near future…



Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

21/07/2018 (Arab News – KSA): TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi. It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors. The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people…



Rebellion of a rich country’s poor

21/07/2018 (Al Arabiya – UAE by Hazem al-Amin*): The war on terror has ended in Iraq and levers of power now rest in the hands of Shiite parties with varying degrees of links with Iran. Who is responsible for this failure? Who is the corrupt? Which party is depriving Iraqi people of their national wealth? The country of Tigris and Euphrates is thirsty! The country with the third largest oil reserves in the world is staggering without electricity. The country claiming “victory over ISIS” is controlled by militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces which are no less sectarian than ISIS! The country of free elections is experiencing the biggest electoral fraud! Today, the deteriorating situation has been worsened by a new element. The protests have revealed a bitter truth. The Najaf Airport which protesters stormed and closed is managed by the militias of five parties including the ruling Dawa party. In this sense, the news from Iraq is more surprising than news emanating from some of the “banana republics” in Central America…


*Hazem al-Amin is a Lebanese writer and journalist at al-Hayat.